Monday, December 27, 2010

The Healthy Whole Grain - Organic Hulled Millet

Millet is mildly sweet and has a slight nutty flavour.
It can be cooked in many ways and added into many dishes.
Like salads and soups. 
Millet flour can be used to make bread, muffins, pitas..and the list goes on...
the most important thing is that millet adds fiber to your meals.

I replaced rice with millet, hoping that my dinner will be healthier.
it's my first try, and feel quite weird eating bird's food! HEHE!

A closer look at millet.
It looks like rice, but a lot smaller in grain size.
I steamed chicken, broccoli, cauliflower and carrot to go with it.
Sprinkled black pepper, and that's my dinner..

It's soft and fluffy,
But guess I need sometime to adjust to this taste.

Now, I would like to share how did I cook the millet.
Use 1 cup of millet : 3 cups of water
Boil for about 20 minutes when water has dried up.
Alternatively, it can be cooked in thermal cooker for 1 hour, or until water drys up.
Fluff the grains with a fork and serve.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baked Garlic Chicken with Fluffy Potatoes + Warm Seasons Greetings! =)

The rainy christmas is coming to an end....
Time flies and lets wait for the next holiday! =)
My family came over for a little impromptu gathering..

I made Garlic Drumsticks with it's easy..
The potatoes were popular~
gone within a short time.

As for chicken drumsticks,
each of us had 1, 
and my younger sis ate 2! =)
Glad that it was all in their tummy now...

The Lasagna by my brother~
can you believe that this Lasagna's ingredients cost nearly 50dollars in total!
The ingredients are
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Spinach
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Oregano
No meat in there...

After cutting it up while it's still hot,
the cheese flow out ~

Our dessert from Canele..
This cake is super mini...Serves less than 6...
but costs about 40+ dollars... you think that it's expensive?

Anyway, we had a fun chatting session too~
our house was filled with unlimited laughter...
I love it...
Another gathering soon.... =)

Hope everyone of you enjoyed your little or big Xmas gathering!
Happy Happy Xmas to all my readers! ~love~

Baked Garlic Chicken with Fluffy Potatoes

8 Chicken Drumsticks
2 Bulbs + 4 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped
2 Tbsp of Ground Black Pepper or more
1 tsp Salt

1. Wash drumsticks, and pat dry with kitchen towel.
2. Mix chopped garlic, black pepper and salt together and marinate the chicken.
3. Store in ziplock bag and store in the fridge. Marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

8 Yukon/Russet Potatoes
2 Pinches of Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
Some Olive Oil

1. Cut each potato into quarters.
2. Put potatoes into a pot and add water until it covers all potatoes, 
bring to a boil and boil for another 12 minutes.
3.. Drain water with sieve and put it on top of the hot pot for 1 minute.
4. Pour the hot potatoes back to the hot pot.
5. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and black pepper followed by olive oil and mix well.

To bake:  
 1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Lay potatoes evenly on pan and put chicken drumsticks skin side up on top.
3. Drizzle with more olive oil on the chicken.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until slight brown, and turn drumstick to skin side down. 
5. Bake for another 10 minutes.
6. Turn the drumsticks again, now skin side up. 
7. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Serve hot.

Friday, December 24, 2010

To-Die-For Blueberry Muffins

Sorry for the lack of post...
I'm back! =)

With these muffins!
 It looks like a mushroom,
I did not grease my muffin pan, so the muffins got stuck in the pan.
Had a hard time getting them out, some broke.

 It has a crumbly top which is very crispy after baking.
Actually the fragrance started to flow around while it was baked halfway.

This muffin is moist too! 
So its the combination of soft + crispy.
Best eaten warm.
The crumbly top will be even more fragrant and crispier!
HAHA..The name, To die for blueberry muffins seems too serious...
Try it out to find out whether it's really to die for???

To-Die-For Blueberry Muffins

Muffin Mixture
190g All Purpose Flour
150g Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
80ml Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
80ml Milk
145g Blueberries or more

Crumb Toppings
100g Brown Sugar
40g All Purpose Flour
55g Butter, Cubed
1 1/2tsp Ground Cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Grease muffin cups or pan, with or without muffin liners.
2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder for muffin mixture in a large bowl.
3. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup. Add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.
4. To make crumb topping, Mix together brown sugar, all purpose flour,  cubed butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork until crumbly. Or you can use the rub in method.4. Mix wet muffin mixture with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries.  
5. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture. 
6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.  

Recipe Source From: All Recipes

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cooking Porridge with Japanese Short Grain Rice

I used Japanese short grain rice to cook into porridge..
in a chinese style...
To my surprise..the porridge was very thick and gluey~!
Like those store bought ones which had been slow cooked over the fire for numerous hours.

An amazing result!

The 2 other ingredients are chicken thigh stripes and century egg.
A simple meal which is filling.

Try using short grain to cook porridge one of these days...
I know you will love it!

How to cook this? 
1 cup rice : 3 cups water

1. Rinse rice with water and drain, repeat 2 more times.
2. Drain rice and pour into pot, followed by adding water.
3. Soak for about 45 minutes.
4. Cook over high heat to a boil and turn to low heat. Simmer until porridge becomes thick.
Alternatively, you can bring it to boil and put in your thermal cooker for at least 2 hours.
& Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baked Custard

It's a very simple recipe using just 4 ingredients..
It's milky and if you use your favourite honey, I'm sure u will like it very much.

Has little holes in there because I turned the heat too high during the baking process...
And bubbles started to form.
If not, I'm sure it will be better looking...

Although the holes made the custard look quite weird,
the texture of this custard is very smooth like soy beancurd.
 It doesn't take much of your time to try this out...  =) 
Enjoy baking!

Baked Custard
600ml Whole Milk
3 Tbsp Honey
3 Eggs
A Pinch of Salt

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease six 1/2cup ramekins with butter.
2. Heat milk until almost boiling, turn of the heat then stir in honey.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and salt. 
4. Slowly add the hot milk to the eggs, stirring constantly and mix until combined.
5. Sieve mixture into ramekins and bake in a *bain-marie for 30 minutes of until firm.
6. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator.
7. Serve cool

*Bain-marie is what we call the water bath. 
Place ramekin into a baking dish and pour boiling water into the dish 
until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Recipes Source from : Dessert Bible

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cheesy Mushroom Soup

Of all kinds of soup...mushroom soup is definitely my favourite!
I love mushrooms since I was young.
Any kind!
I cooked my first mushroom soup when I was 21 years old,
if i remember correctly.
Ever since, I tried to improve on every attempt.

When I'm cooking this,
fragrance started to flow around my kitchen when butter is melting in the pot.
The fragrance doesn't stop!
I really love it..
the special "aroma therapy".
I'm sure anyone who cooks/bakes, enjoys smelling your own food too!

But it's a pity that I don't have time to bake some crusty bread to go with it. 
It will be great to dip it into the thick soup!
For this recipe, the soup's thick and rich because of the cheese.
Cheese is salty on its own, so I use salt sparingly.
One bowl is definitely not enough for us!
Craving for more...!

Cheesy Mushroom Soup
                (serves 2)
250g Mixed White Button  & Swiss Brown Mushroom
1 Yellow Onion
5 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
400g Chicken/Vegetable Stock
200ml Fresh Milk
3 Slices of Processed Cheddar Cheese
 A Pinch of Salt
A Sprinkle of Black Pepper

1. Chop mushrooms, onion and garlic coarsely.
2.  Heat up the pot, and melt butter. Sauteed onion till soft.
3. Add garlic and keep stirring for another minute.
4. Mix mushrooms into pot and cook till tender.
5. Remove from heat, and pour stock into pot. Let cool.
6. Puree!
7. Return blended mushroom back to pot and send it back to the stove.
8. Mix milk and cheese slices in, and cook over low heat. Stirring occasionally.
9. When little bubbles start to appear, sprinkle a pinch of salt, mix and remove from heat.
10. Serve with a sprinkle of black pepper.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rich Chocolate Torte (Yeah! It cracked!)

It's time to have some chocolate-ty cakes for our teatime!
The Rich Chocolate Torte!
An Amazing recipe which only requires a very little amount of flour, 
which results in a cracked & sunken cake..

Actually, If I'm not wrong,
normally flour is not used in torte recipes.
They use grounded nuts...
I think it should be more fragrant...

I'm currently in love with ribbons.
Any ribbons which are affordable in price, I will grab it!
And I think this ribbon with heart shaped printings contrast very well with this chocolate torte!

After cutting the cake up, I took a bite.
Oh My Goodness....
It's super moist! And not really sweet...
Not as sinful as I thought it would be!
My whole dining area was really messy due to the cracked portions.

But it's all worthwhile =)
Here's a slice for you...

Rich Chocolate Torte

170g Good Quality Dark Chocolate, at least 70% cocao 
(I used 72%)

75g Unsalted Butter

4 Eggs

100g Caster Sugar

30g Cake Flour

1. Preheat oven @ 180 degrees. Grease a 9 inches springform pan. ( I used 8inches)
2. Break chocolate and put in heatproof bowl with butter. Double boil it over almost boiling water.
Stir occasionally until it melts. Leave to cool.
3. Meanwhile, put eggs and sugar in a bowl and beat till it triples in volume.
When you lift the beater, it should leave a deep trail on the surface.
4. Add chocolate mixture to whisked egg mixture and fold.
5. Gradually sift flour over the top of the mixture and fold till just combined. Do not over mix.
6. Turn mixture into pan and spread to its edges and level it.
7. Bake for 20 minutes until the top of cake feels firm, or when skewer comes out with a few moist chocolate bits. Leave to cool in tin before unmoulding.

Recipe source from : All Recipes (UK)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Homemade Organic Soy Milk

When I'm out, my choice of drink will be Hot Soy Milk with no sugar.
I think it should be the healthiest choice...
and this is my homemade version.
Simple yet tasty!

Loads of protein & nutrients in a cup...
 Some may not be used to the soy taste if there's no sugar content.
But I love the pure taste without any other additions.

Homemade Organic Soy Milk

6 Tbsp Organic Soy Beans (Soaked for at least 6hours)
800ml Water
4 tsp Cane Sugar (optional)

1. Blend soaked soy beans and water together for 1 1/2 minute.
2. Filter it with cheesecloth and transfer soy milk to pot.
3. Boil on medium fire until there's bubbles at the sides, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat and stir cane sugar in. Serve hot/cold.

PS: You can keep the okra(left over solid) to use in other dishes!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Milk Rice With Salmon

In a Japanese travel show, I saw this man cooking rice with milk instead of water.
It's a great idea! So I tried..!
I can't remember the contents of the show,
the ingredients that I can remember are only rice and milk, he cooked on the stove, and i cooked mine with rice cooker.

So here's mine, with some changes...
Milk rice topped with salmon and broccoli...

 I can barely taste the milk.
But it's really very fragrant..

My pictures are abit blurry and grainy as I think there's something wrong with my lappie or cam,
the file size seems to be really small..
got to find out the reason.
Hope to have clear pictures soon~!
Here's the recipe for the Milk Rice,
I believe that children will love it...

Milk Rice With Salmon
(serves 2)

1 cup Short Grain Rice
1 3/4 cup Milk (I used Farmhouse low fat)
6 cloves minced garlic
Salt and black pepper to taste
Salmon cut into 1/2 inch slices.
Broccoli cut into small florets

1. Wash rice. Mix mince garlic, rice and milk together.
2. Cook in rice cooker till cooked, timing depends on individual cooker.
3. When rice is cooked, add in a pinch of salt, few sprinkle of black pepper and mix well.
4. Lay salmon slices and broccoli on the rice and cook for another 5 minutes, or until salmon is cooked.
5. Sprinkle more black pepper onto rice before serving.
To add extra fragrance, top rice with unsalted butter.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

4th December has Passed....

Finally..our wedding is over and I'm back blogging!
My daily life was a bit hay-wired for the past 1 week..
too too too busy!
And i definitely failed in my diet plan..HEHE..i looked gigantic~
but anyway it's over, and nothing can be done.

2 photos for sneak preview of my wedding day...
these are my fun loving brothers and sisters....
they are all couples, plus us, there's 5 couples together~!
they helped us through the whole day long...
and we were all tired!
If not for them, our wedding will be boring and in a mess..
a BIG thank you to all !!

this is @ my parents' place..Lagoon View,
scenery is much nicer..
and it was drizzling...

Although i heard many complains about the banquet service and food, a bit disappointed.
I'm still glad that friends were there for us when we needed them...

Will blog about food soon again!! 
No more diet formulas for me for the time being!! HEHE!!